Equality Florida’s 2018 St. Pete Gala was held May 12 at the Mahaffey Theater, raising a record total of $354,287 to support the organization’s work.

Una Voce: The Gay Men’s Chorus of Tampa Bay dazzled the sold-out event with song while guests dined, danced and donated in the name of equality. A total of 708 attendees, the largest of any Equality Florida Gala, raised over $26,000 in auctioned items alone.

The evening featured several honorees, including Ren Joseph, who currently serves on Metro Wellness & Community Centers’ Youth Advisory Council. Joseph received the 2018 Youth Voice for Equality Award for his advocacy and for overcoming great adversity as a transmasculine young adult.

Co-founder and Artistic Director of St. Petersburg’s Studio @ 620 Bob Devin Jones was also honored with the 2018 Voice for Equality Award. “Through his work at Studio 620 and in the community, Bob has mentored dozens of young creative workers in arts, theatre and writing,” Equality Florida noted.

For more information about Equality Florida’s work or to donate funds, visit EQFL.org.

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